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Local Government Finance

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of undertaking local economic area assessments. (314971)

The Department published a full impact assessment for the local authority economic assessment duty in December 2008. This informed our consideration of the additional burdens likely to fall on local authorities resulting from the new duty. The Government are committed to ensuring that all new burdens falling on local authorities are fully and properly funded so that there is no upward pressure on council tax bills. Additional funding for the local authority economic assessment has been provided through Area Based Grant.

A copy of the impact assessment will be deposited in the Library of the House.